Regularly eating two portions of wholegrain a day could reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to new research.
A study of more than 2,000 men and women, conducted by the University of California, showed those who ate at least two helpings reduced their risk of developing the disease by up to 40 per cent.
Recommended foods included wholemeal bread, brown rice and porridge.
The researchers said: "There is a possibility that diet can affect one's risk of pancreatic, as well as other cancers.
"Eating a diet rich in a wide variety of grains is likely not only to help in the prevention of diabetes and heart disease, but also this very deadly cancer."
The study also showed that refined and sweetened foods can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.
According to Cancer Research, cancer of the pancreas most often affects people in middle and old age, with approximately 63 per cent of cases being diagnosed in those over 70.
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